The tampon tax is still intact and Nottingham Trent University is making a stand.  It’s decided to pay the tax for students and is giving out free tampons to those who need it on campus.

Back in 2015 it was brought to the attention of MPs that tampons were still listed under VAT laws as a ‘luxury’. The debates that followed ended with the then Prime Minister,  David Cameron, promising to scrap the controversial legislation in March 2016.

Another year on and there’s a new Chancellor of the Exchequer, but no change in regarding this tax.  UK wide research has showed that many young girls from low income families are missing school because they can’t afford sanitary products.

Necessity tax free products:

  • Jaffa Cakes
  • Crocodile meat
  • Flapjacks
  • Herbal tea
  • Bingo
  • Edible cake decorations

Nottingham Trent’s VP Community officer, Kieran Goncalves, enforced the free sanitary products to students following the ‘Cut The Slice’ programme which had the Union absorbing the tax in their stores for students.

Kieran Goncalves says he feels “it is important to show our support for student and to show we are here for them”.

“Nature is free so why are these not”.

This campaign was announced on International Womens Day and is looking to stay for the foreseeable future.

However, one media student Suzzana Paige believes this has not been promoted enough. “I didn’t know anything about it and no one I know has mentioned it. Maybe they should be putting up posters in the bathrooms.”

Nottingham Trent's Student Union campaign.
Nottingham Trent’s Student Union campaign.